Tracking long-distance migration to assess marine pollution impact

  title={Tracking long-distance migration to assess marine pollution impact},
  author={William A. Montevecchi and David Fifield and Chantelle M. Burke and Stefan Garthe and April Hedd and J. N. Rail and Gregory J. Robertson},
  booktitle={Biology letters},
Animal tracking provides new means to assess far-reaching environmental impacts. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, a long-distance migrant, the northern gannet (Morus bassanus) suffered the highest oiling among beach-wrecked birds recovered. Analysis of bird-borne tracking data indicated that 25 per cent of their North American population from multiple colonies in eastern Canada migrated to the pollution zone. Findings contrasted sharply with available… CONTINUE READING